Big Ben & Parliament -> South Embankment Walk -> London Eye -> Trafalgar Square -> Art Gallery -> Admiralty Arch -> The Mall -> St James Park -> Churchill War Rooms -> Westminster Abbey
06.05.2014 - 06.05.2014 18 °C
Took the tube to Westminster. Stepped out of the tube station and looked straight up at Big Ben.
Since I decided to get an early start, I was mixing it up with the suits and locals in rush hour. I crossed the road to Parliament and got swept along in the throng of people intent on getting to work. Walked along the city side of Parliament for a bit, managed to take a photo of one of the coppers holding a sub-machine gun.
At the southern end of Parliament, I found a little park on the embankment. Took a walk to the next bridge and crossed over to the south side of the Thames.
Crossing the bridge I was really starting to regret my choice of attire. The early morning breeze cut right through my fleecy top.
So far I was the only person I had seen wearing shorts. Most people still dressed up for winter. Just about every second person was sneezing and coughing, is this a British condition? They all seem sick. Must be the climate.
South Embankment walk to Westminster Bridge and The London Eye
This is a nice walk, plenty of good vantage points to take pictures of Parliament.
When I got to the bridge, unfortunately, maintenance workers had the pedestrian walkway under the bridge blocked off. Crossed the road and took a parallel road as far as the London Eye. Crossed back over the Thames on the Hungerford Bridge. Some nice views Down the river here of Parliament, Big Ben and The London Eye.
Trafalgar Square and The Art Gallery
Walked up Northumberland Avenue (Reminding me here of the many games of Monopoly) to Trafalgar Square. On the way I spotted the "Sherlock Holmes Pub"
Trafalgar Square is a great place. Full of tourists of course. Nelsons Column is larger than I thought.
Lots to see here. Also a few street performers. There was even a local with two birds of prey.
There are no photos of the Art Gallery, as they do not allow anyone to take pictures. Well worth having a look. There are hundreds of classic paintings. Even for someone such as myself who really has no appreciation for the arts, it was time well spent.
Admiralty Arch, The Mall & St James Park
Next I took a walk through the Admiralty Arch to St James Park. Took a seat at a park bench and had my lunch. The park is really nice.
Churchill War Rooms
Walked through St James Park and found my way to the Churchill War Rooms. This is the underground base of British leadership operations during WW2. Most of the complex is exactly as it was at the end of the war. Many of the rooms have been augmented with lifelike mannequins.
For WW2 buffs or those who just interested in this pivotal period of history, this is a must do. For myself, growing up some 20 years after the end of the war, I felt a real connection here.
Very nice place to visit. Unfortunately, my camera battery died, and silly me forgot to bring the spare. Feeling a little tired, I thought it was time to call it a day.